this is why livejournal is the #1 community on the internet.
please, please don't lose your vision.
because i've been a part of other communities, even within the administration, and we had thousands upon thousands of users, and the people higher up lost their vision, lost what everything was really about.
and everything crumbled, and it's never the same as it always was.
i trust you tho.
2004-06-17 10:59 am (UTC)
should post this to lj_biz :)
2004-06-17 11:00 am (UTC)
If you fear Marketing people, you have yet to meet Bizdev. I have yet to ever work in a company that had a functional bizdev group. Most just spin the companies off in wrong directions.
Not all companies even have them for this reason.
You have plenty of ways to expand to make money without dealing with ad revenue. Most sites don't break even on the delivery costs (aka bandwidth). Google ads at this point are about the highest revenue you can get for little effort.
2004-06-17 12:15 pm (UTC)
I think the key word here is "effort". I'm willing to bet
half my waking hours that bizdev can not only be functional, but profitable.
"...but it's not our company's goal."
What *is* your company's goal?
2004-06-17 11:16 am (UTC)
Here's what we have in our office:
How about colonising the moon?
giggles, I think I saw that already
No fair. You stole our company's mission statement. :)
That is a GREAT mission statement!! hahaha.
2004-06-17 01:26 pm (UTC)
That rocks so hard.
HAHAHAH well you've already made cool stuff, now get with the shuttles!
i've got gyros and some industrial computers and i know how to make pulse jets!
With gyros you can do ANYTHING! This is the power of mystery meat and feta cheese.
LiveJournal from Space!
Beamed down to your PDA, cellphone, and Brad's bike.
2004-06-17 11:08 am (UTC)
I'll do it for you!
I'm dead serious, Brad: I would love
to take care of that for you and take all the bull off your desk. I'm available full-time, effective immediately. Take a look at my résumé
(which actually mentions LJ) and then give me a call!
I frequently get stuff like that regarding Gaim, too. It gets tiring!
How the hell you been?
Oh man, we had this one guy bugging us, saying he had a good business idea that he wanted to talk to us about, but we had to talk over phone. He talked about all of the research he had done and how he knows it will make money. I reufused to get on the phone with him, but basically his idea was, "We'll put Ads in Gaim!" I was like, "Dude, its open source, people can just take them out."
His response was something along the lines of, "Oh, I didn't think of that."
Some research, huh? :P
2004-06-17 12:13 pm (UTC)
Crying laughing. (mostly allergies, but still)
Hey, at least I got a laugh, lol!
I know! you could change all the variable/class/function names to those of products! You could make a mint! Not one person would be able to read the code so they couldn't remove the adds! It goes against everything opensource stands for! It's so crazy it just might work!
I have this money making scheme where I make all the money, I'll tell you up front you won't make any...let me know if you are interested. It will be fun, mostly for me but still...email me today. Don't miss your chance!
you could make tons of money but then the site would suck,
2004-06-17 12:00 pm (UTC)
Shiiit, you mean LJ doesnt have a BizDev group?!?!
Oh my god, even DeadJournal has a bizdev group! Get with the program!! Hell, i'm even the chairman of it! Go figure!
Our current BizDev focus is..... *drum roll* paying my colo bills! In fact, thats my companys goal too! How incredibly simple!
(though i'd cave in pretty quick if someone offered me $10k/day..)
Any 3rd grader will tell you that's what spitballs were invented for ;-) .
Hahaha! Yup, I definitely know that type of people. I've had so many people try to sell me on something that it's not even funny anymore. Some guy I used to be friends with is one of those type that tries to come up with every get-rich-quick idea that he can. None of them ever worked. :P
You're the new Untouchables.